Former Conservative party leader William Hague visited Morecambe this morning to have a look at the work being done to restore the resort’s Winter Gardens.
Mr Hague, now leader of the House of Commons after standing down as Foreign Secretary last year after 26 years as an MP, was shown around the old theatre by Evelyn Archer, chairman of the Winter Gardens Preservation Trust, along with Conservative prospective parliamentary candidate for Morecambe & Lunesdale, David Morris.
He was told the history of the building and the work that has been put in by local volunteers in recent years to restore the theatre to its former glories.
Mr Hague said: “I am very impressed by the work that local people are doing to save this fantastic facility.
“It’s an extraordinary space and I congratulate Evelyn and everyone who has worked on this to make it a usable place for Morecambe.
“We need to preserve our heritage and make sure people can enjoy visiting places like this long into the future.
“Some coastal towns have been through hard times but we are trying to put that right.
“There’s been investment into Morecambe in the last few years and I think it’s really important to do this because people will really value these facilities.
“The more successful our economy is, the more the government will be able to support projects like this.”
Mrs Archer said: “I think it’s great that Mr Hague came to the Winter Gardens.
“He obviously is very supportive of seaside resorts and that can only be good because we want more money coming into our resorts.
“I am really pleased that has came to see the work we are doing and that we were able to tell him about the volunteers that are doing all the work.”